Exposure to distressing material – such as traumatising conversations, images and written or auditory testimony – occurs in the work of many people. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in this type of work being undertaken in the home. In these circumstances, there is an increased risk of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue when the support of understanding workplace colleagues is less available and the boundary between work and home life eroded. Most people see their home as a place of refuge, comfort and relaxation. If homes are used to deal with abuse, violence and trauma this personal space becomes associated with the trauma.
This guidance document, co-authored by Dr Noreen Tehrani, recommends a step by step approach for organisations whose employees are at risk of vicarious trauma while working from home during the Covid-19 Pandemic.